When Labour city councillors Roger Berry, Adrian Gregson and I heard about the redevelopment of the shops on Rose Avenue, we were naturally pleased. But we quickly noticed that part of the plan was to remove the toddler play area. While this area has been a hot spot for drugs and has suffered from broken glass, the plan to move facilities over to Brickfields would have meant that local toddlers and their families missed out.
We immediately got in touch with Fortis and met with the development team to go through the plans with them in detail. It was a tricky problem, but we were determined to keep play facilities available around Rose Avenue. Together with Fortis, we realised that there was a perfect location at Hollymount School.
Fortis agreed to contact the school who were keen to support the local community. Together with planning officers and the teams at Fortis and Hollymount School, we secured a solution to put a shared toddler play area into the planned new nursery development at the school.
We are pleased with the results of our work; that residents of Tolladine will continue to have somewhere to play within toddling distance of home.
Cllr Tom Collins